ODDS, ENDS & INSPIRATION
z In this time of bitter partisan rivalries, it would be well to remember the following sage observation: “Do not trust to the cheering, for those persons would cheer just as much if you and I were going to be hanged.” The man who first made that observation was Lord Protector of England Oliver Cromwell, considered by some to be a hero of liberty, by others to be a regicidal dictator. He died in 1658, probably from septicemia. He was so reviled that, three years later, his body was exhumed so that he could be posthumously executed, his body thrown into a pit and his head displayed on a pole outside Westminster Hall. z Those who study such things say that if all the gold in the world were combined in one lump, it would result in a cube that measures about 18.3 metres on each side.
z The acids in your digestive system are so corrosive that your stomach must produce an entirely new lining every three days.
z You might be surprised to learn that the mother of Sir Winston Churchill, that quintessential icon of Britishness, was actually born an American in Brooklyn, New York. Lady Randolph Spencer-churchill, nee Jeanette Jerome, was a socialite, and it is through her that Winston Churchill is related to his wartime ally, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The prime minister and the president were seventh cousins, once removed.
z If you’re planning to travel to the US state of Washington with nefarious plans, here’s an interesting law to keep in mind: Any motorist with criminal intent is required to stop before entering a town and inform the chief of police of his or her presence.
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z Studies show that people who eat more fibre take in fewer calories, and if you’re on a healthy mission, take heed: Keep your focus on whole food sources of fibre, like veggies, fresh fruits and nutritious whole grains. z “Make life easier on yourself. Set a timer on your phone when you put a load of laundry in the wash. That way, you can pop it in the dryer right when it’s done. The less time your clothes sit, the better. You’ll be done with your laundry sooner, too.” – contributed by R.R. z Cinnamon in the garden? Yep, cinnamon is a natural fungicide, and you can use it on cuts on flowers to help the plant root. Simply dip the cut end in cinnamon powder before rooting.
z Use clingwrap over the top of a coffee mug or tumbler in order to take your drink “to go”. Just create a small hole at the edge of the cup for sipping, or poke a straw through the centre for easy access.
z “I purchased a nice lotion in a very pretty pump bottle. After the lotion was all used up, I repurposed the bottle as a soap dispenser at my kitchen sink. It matches better, and I like having a pump bottle, because it’s easy to get a little bit of soap on your sponge.” – E.S.
z “If you have a lot of cans of spray paint, try storing them in a window planter. They are long and skinny, and the right depth to keep cans upright but still be able to see the tops to get the can you need quickly.” – I.L.